Southern New Hampshire Edges Franklin Pierce

RINDGE, N.H. Keith Merluzzo (Billerica, Mass.) totaled two goals and an assist and scored the game-winning goal with 9:20 left as Southern New Hampshire posted a 5-4 Northeast-10 men's lacrosse win over Franklin Pierce at Sodexo Field Tuesday night. The Penmen improved to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the NE-10, while the Ravens are now 4-4 and 1-4 in the league.

Greg Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.), Andrew Brown (Marshfield, Mass.) and Steve Miley (Cranston, R.I.) each totaled single goals for the Penmen, with Reynolds also adding an assist. Four different players tallied single goals for Franklin Pierce.

Southern New Hampshire led 4-3 at halftime, and after a scoreless third quarter, the Ravens tied the game 52 seconds into the fourth quarter when Ryan Dintaman scored on a feed from Jimmy McInnis. The Penmen would register the eventual game-winner 4:48 later when Merluzzo scored on an assist from Marc Novaco (Chelmsford, Mass.).

The game remained scoreless until 2:38 to go in the first quarter when Miley scored on an assist from Merluzzo. FPU's Nate Wood would tie the game with 1:52 left, but Merluzzo would reclaim the lead just eight seconds later on a feed from Reynolds.

Brown would extend SNHU's lead to 3-1 1:21 into the third quarter. Franklin Pierce would tie the game on goals by Shea Campbell at 7:16 and Brendan Cahill at 6:11. The Penmen would take a 4-3 lead into halftime when Reynolds scored 5:10 before intermission.

Eric Gunst (Exeter, N.H.) made 11 saves for SNHU, while Campbell turned aside 13 shots for the Ravens as the Penmen outshot Franklin Pierce 34-26.

Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it hosts Adelphi University in a 1:00 contest.


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